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As a woman of color who has experienced her own mental health challenges, I understand the unique struggle of starting your healing journey.

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Coping Skills, Stress, Anxiety, Depression

As an African-American woman, with her own personal life experiences and mental health challenges, I am intentional about creating safe spaces for peo... As an African-American woman, with her own personal life experiences and mental health challenges, I am intentional about creating safe spaces for people of color at all stages of life to access quality and culturally relevant mental health care. Read more

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Change is a life-long journey requiring acceptance and commitment to motivate oneself towards change.

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The issues that the client may be facing can be used as a motivating force to help them move forward.

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This journey called life is filled with many adventures, some good and some bad. I am glad you chose me to help you navigate through your path.

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Stress, Borderline Personality, Trauma / PTSD

As part of this post-COVID world, I understand how things can be chaotic and challenging.

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I am a very compassionate and professional Nurse Practitioner that has treated mental health conditions and substance use for over 10 years.

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I'm excited to get the opportunity to work with you! Here are a few things you may need to know before your first appointment. If you choose to do a v... I'm excited to get the opportunity to work with you! Here are a few things you may need to know before your first appointment. If you choose to do a virtual appointment, you must be residing in North Carolina, which is the state in which I am licensed to provide services. This is not a concern if you are choosing to come in person for appointments. If you are seeking play therapy for a child, this is provided in person only due to the nature of the way service is provided, making it a service that does not lend itself to virtual appointments. This is not a concern for traditional talk therapy with adults, which can be provided virtually. Read more

Starting Dependent personality disorder therapy

What is Dependent personality disorder therapy?

Dependent personality disorder therapy from our therapists in Charlotte, NC helps clients establish their individuality and self-reliance, as those with dependent personality disorder harshly criticize themselves and underestimate their abilities.

How does Dependent personality disorder therapy work?

Dependent personality disorder therapy often involves exploration into one's past — specifically, events or relationships that may have led to the development of their dependent personality disorder. These experiences and their subsequent behaviors are discussed to help one develop healthier behaviors moving forward.

Is Dependent personality disorder therapy conducted in person or online?

Dependent personality disorder therapy at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and online by video. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does Dependent personality disorder therapy last?

Dependent personality disorder with a provider at Thriveworks in Charlotte, NC is a short-term therapy, as long-form treatment can lead to the development of a dependence on one's therapist.

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Cinderella is a familiar story, but what may not be familiar to people is “The Cinderella Complex.” The young girl with blue eyes and blond hair is more than a fairytale. Her story is an illustration of what it means to live with Dependent Personality Disorder, also known as “The Cinderella Complex.” Think about her life. Cinderella complies with her stepsisters’ every whim. She accepts her stepmother’s criticisms without protest. Cinderella even relies upon others to rescue her—her animal friends and fairy Godmother. Then, once she is saved from her life of servitude, she continues to rely upon the prince for her livelihood. These are the primary symptoms of Dependent Personality Disorder. Many years ago, it was believed that only women suffered from “The Cinderella Complex,” but now, mental health professionals understand that Dependent Personality Disorder can develop in anyone.

When people have the disorder, they often have an acute desire to please those in authority. This desire is accompanied with low self-esteem and a yearning to be rescued or cared for by another person. The disorder introduces a number of difficulties into a person’s life. Most dramatically, it keeps people from living a self-reliant, unique life. Dependent Personality Disorder is a severe illness, but it is a disease that has treatment options. People with the disorder often learn how to live their own, independent lives.

“Every human has four endowments—self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom…
The power to choose, to respond, to change.”
—Stephen Covey

The therapists at Thriveworks Charlotte have worked with a number of clients who are fighting Dependent Personality Disorder. Independence is possible. With treatment, many people heal from the disorder and learn how to build a self-reliant life.

How Dependent Personality Disorder Evolves

When mental health professionals diagnose Dependent Personality Disorder, they must be aware of how it evolves and develops. Otherwise, certain developmental stages or cultural practices can be mistaken for the disorder. For example, certain cultures practice a respectful deference to elders and authority figures. This is not Dependent Personality Disorder. In the same vein, children and teens rely upon their parent or guardian for meeting some or all of their needs depending upon their age, but this dependency is developmentally appropriate—not a disorder.

What then is Dependent Personality Disorder? The disorder often shows itself when people should be transitioning from adolescence into adulthood. When people have the disorder, they often do not make that transition. That is why the disorder is rarely diagnosed before adulthood. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) gives a full picture of what that dependency looks like.

Symptoms for Dependent Personality Disorder

The disorder affects every aspect of an individual’s life, including their belief system. Two beliefs, in particular, are present and perpetuate the disorder. First, people with the disorder come to believe that they cannot meet their own emotional and physical needs. The second belief is the other side of the same coin: people come to believe that other people must meet their needs. With these two thought patterns deeply ingrained, it can be difficult for people with Dependent Personality Disorder to have mutual relationships. Instead, the friendship eventually turns into a dependent relationship. People with the disorder are often clingy and anxious. They may be overly compliant and agreeable toward other people while being overly critical and denigrating toward themselves.

Dependent Personality Disorder (301.6[F70.7]) has three core symptoms:

  1. Anxiety when separated from care givers.
  2. Behavior that is overly deferential.
  3. A core need for someone to care for them.

In addition, five more of the following signs will be present:

  • Feeling discomfort with one’s individuality, independency, and uniqueness.
  • Consulting an authority or caregiver before making any choice—seeking out affirmation and guidance for choices that should be made on one’s own.
  • Turning over major areas of responsibility within one’s life to someone else (e.g., a parent who pays a child’s bills).
  • Fearing abandonment, especially by a caregiver or authority figure.
  • Acquiescing to what a caregiver or authority figure thinks or feels in order to secure their continued care.
  • When one authoritarian relationship ends, replacing it quickly with another one.
  • Difficulty establishing and maintaining mutual relationships where there is give-and-take instead of a one-sided dependence.
  • Downplaying one’s thoughts, feelings, preferences, opinions, and perspectives, especially in an attempt to satisfy other people.

It is easy to see how disruptive Dependent Personality Disorder can be. The disorder often causes personal and professional troubles. Because people with the disorder often lack initiative and confidence, they may have difficulty procuring and maintaining employment. Personally, they often have very small social connections and may even limit their relationships to those within their family. Further, the disorder increases an individual’s risk for other mental health disorders.

Scheduling Therapy for Dependent Personality Disorder at Thriveworks Charlotte

“You are constantly invited to be what you are.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Part of the wonder of being an individual is being free to be who you are. When dependency steals someone’s individuality, it is okay to fight back. Dependent Personality Disorder has treatments. If you are ready to seek healing and an independent life, Thriveworks Charlotte is ready to meet with you. When you call our office, your first appointment may be the following day. We accept a variety of insurance plans, and we offer weekend and evening appointments. Call today.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
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Our Charlotte therapists and counselors accept 26 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Caresource

  • Carolina Behavioral Health Alliance (CBHA)

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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I have been seeing Terryn Maher for a couple of months now and she is awesome!! Very knowledgeable, attentive, thorough, thoughtful, caring, etc. I could go on for awhile. I’ve been in counseling with another therapist for about 14 years but I already feel like I’m getting so much more from working with Terryn. Thriveworks on a whole has been great to work with as well. They are easy to work with and schedule appointments with. I was nervous about working with a company over directly with just the therapist but it has actually worked out well. I highly recommend them!
Read more I have been seeing Terryn Maher for a couple of months now and she is awesome!! Very knowledgeable, attentive, thorough, thoughtful, caring, etc. I could go on for awhile. I’ve been in counseling with another therapist for about 14 years but I already feel like I’m getting so much more from working with Terryn. Thriveworks on a whole has been great to work with as well. They are easy to work with and schedule appointments with. I was nervous about working with a company over directly with just the therapist but it has actually worked out well. I highly recommend them!
Jennifer Feb 2024
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Clarissa is a true professional and I love working with her!
Charlotte Aug 2022
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Dr Patricia shows her professionalism by having a positive attitude, using time effectively, and providing excellent service. Dr. Patricia's communication is wonderful when showing her active listening skills. Dr. Patricia shows compassion because she is passionate about what she brings to this field.
Read more Dr Patricia shows her professionalism by having a positive attitude, using time effectively, and providing excellent service. Dr. Patricia's communication is wonderful when showing her active listening skills. Dr. Patricia shows compassion because she is passionate about what she brings to this field.
Charlotte Aug 2022
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Gabrielle is an amazing therapist. She is very empathetic to her clients and their needs. She can help you through what ever you are going through. Schedule with her! You will not be disappointed.
Read more Gabrielle is an amazing therapist. She is very empathetic to her clients and their needs. She can help you through what ever you are going through. Schedule with her! You will not be disappointed.
Charlotte Feb 2022
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I have had the pleasure of working with Clair Crow professionally and can attest to what an incredible therapist she is! She has a calm demeanor and creates safety with her clients. She balances that safety and care with clear boundaries. I highly recommend her and have often referred clients to her for her expertise.
Read more I have had the pleasure of working with Clair Crow professionally and can attest to what an incredible therapist she is! She has a calm demeanor and creates safety with her clients. She balances that safety and care with clear boundaries. I highly recommend her and have often referred clients to her for her expertise.
Charlotte Oct 2021
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I've worked with Mrs. Matson for close to a year now and I can say with certainty that she's a great counselor to go to for help with emotional regulation and understanding, grief management, and processing trauma in healthy and beneficial ways. Her use of meditation techniques to get to the root of my emotions and habits have helped me understand so much about myself and why I operate the way I do. I'd definitely recommend her to anyone just starting out looking for a good counselor, or anyone looking for a friendly empathetic professional who listens well and draws from a wealth of information to provide really quality services.
Read more I've worked with Mrs. Matson for close to a year now and I can say with certainty that she's a great counselor to go to for help with emotional regulation and understanding, grief management, and processing trauma in healthy and beneficial ways. Her use of meditation techniques to get to the root of my emotions and habits have helped me understand so much about myself and why I operate the way I do. I'd definitely recommend her to anyone just starting out looking for a good counselor, or anyone looking for a friendly empathetic professional who listens well and draws from a wealth of information to provide really quality services.
Charlotte Feb 2021
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I have seen Dr. Daniel Stillwell for a year for individual and couples counseling and I trust him immensely. He is a skilled, authentic, and highly competent professional. I’ve also referred him to others and they described the same. Thriveworks staff have been very helpful with insurance and appointments.
Read more I have seen Dr. Daniel Stillwell for a year for individual and couples counseling and I trust him immensely. He is a skilled, authentic, and highly competent professional. I’ve also referred him to others and they described the same. Thriveworks staff have been very helpful with insurance and appointments.
Charlotte Jan 2021
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Adriana Blanco is wonderful. I never felt any judgement from her during our sessions. She is compassionate, firm and extremely knowledgeable. I could not see myself opening up as much with another counselor, thank you for putting her in my path.
Read more Adriana Blanco is wonderful. I never felt any judgement from her during our sessions. She is compassionate, firm and extremely knowledgeable. I could not see myself opening up as much with another counselor, thank you for putting her in my path.
Charlotte Apr 2020
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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Child Therapy Charlotte is near the corner of Park Road and Woodlawn Road. We are across the street from Starbucks and Exxon. Sharonview Federal Credit Union is the building next to our office.

Phone number

(980) 217-6901

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